Since its inception in the fall of 1996, the Freeman Fellows Program has supported the research and exchange activities of 197 Chinese scholars at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with generous support from the Freeman Foundation. In recent years, higher costs associated with the recession and decreased foundation support have made it difficult to maintain the personnel and material resources necessary to operate the Freeman Fellows Program. Consequently, the University of Illinois will not host the Freeman Fellows Program after the 2012-2013 academic year.
The International Programs and Studies (IPS) and the Center for East Asia and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) at the University of Illinois strongly believe in the mission and philosophy of the Freeman Fellows program. To that end, CEAPS, in collaboration with other centers, is launching the Pan-Asian Visiting Scholars Program to accommodate self-funded scholars from former Freeman partner universities in China and Asia at large. This program will provide visiting scholars with many of the same benefits of the Freeman Fellows program. In order to preserve a high-quality experience for participants, a modest program fee will be charged each participant. Please visit the CEAPS website for up-to-date information about this new opportunity: http://www.eaps.illinois.edu/opportunities .
In the interim, self-funded scholars from East Asia working in the humanities and social sciences wishing to conduct research at the University of Illinois should contact Jeffrey Friedman, Associate Director of CEAPS at "jbfried [at] illinois [dot] edu".